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L3 Counselling Skills – Online

For those who have completed an approved level 2 course or its equivalent. The course includes theory, practical skills, personal development work, a compulsory weekend component and a minimum attendance requirement of 80%. The course is validated by ABC, and meets the entry requirements for the Diploma in Counselling.
Entry is by written application and group and individual interview. Application forms are available in May. Interviews take place in July and September.

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Who is this course for

For those who have completed an approved level 2 course (at least 30 hours formal training) or its equivalent and wish to expand their use and understanding of these skills in their work, paid or voluntary. If there is doubt about the equivalence please contact one of the tutors. GCSE (grade A-C) or 'O' Level English Language, or equivalent.

The course includes theory, practical skills, personal development work, a weekend component (for which attendance is essential) and an overall minimum attendance requirement of 80%. Validated by ABC, it is one of the entry requirements for the Diploma in Counselling. Entry is by written application and interview; application forms are available on our website and from the Centre and are to be received by 1st July or 1st September. Interviews take place in July and September. Course fee includes registration with the exam board. Student Loan available.

Additional dates for daytime course: 07 & 08 Mar
Additional dates for evening course: 30 Nov, 08 Feb, 07 & 08 Mar, 13 Jun

What does this course cover

Skills: Recap on basic listening skills. New skills: challenging, process monitoring, giving and receiving feedback, advanced accurate empathy, how to use questions, making a counselling contract and the use of immediacy.
Theory includes the main concepts of humanistic, psychodynamic and CBT therapy, plus professional practice and diversity in counselling.
Personal Development: Students will be in a weekly personal development group.

1. Demonstrate an increased awareness of yourself and how you affect others. 2. Have thought about issues of difference and disadvantage and your own responses to these issues. 3. Have developed or strengthened your commitment to anti-oppresive practice in the use of counselling skills. 4. Name and use appropriately, the skills introduced on the course. 5. Have an understanding of and commitment to the BACP ethical framework.

What will it be like

The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.

Tutor and student presentations, class discussion in large and small groups. Structured pair-work, role-plays and practicums. An experiential group, facilitated by the tutor.
The first 8 weeks of this course is a period of assessment to consider whether this course is appropriate for each student. At the end of the 8 week period there will be a tutorial to discuss the student's progress and continuation on the course.

Ongoing tutor and peer feedback about skills work. Self assessment in class and reflections in learning journal.

Tutor to discuss formal assessments

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

Some basic counselling texts. Writing materials for class notes and notebooks for keeping a journal.
Private study and reflection.

What this course could lead to

Enhanced use of listening skills in your life and relationships in general.
Apply for a place on the Diploma course at the Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere if you wish to train as a counsellor.
Please note: progression onto the Diploma in Integrative Counselling is not automatic


I fancied trying something different, so I started Introduction to Counselling 1 day a week. I got totally hooked so then completed the 1-year Certificate in Counselling, and then the 2-year diploma, and soon after got a job as a counsellor at Goldsmiths University!



This course is accredited

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Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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